Helena, Bozeman, and Southwest Montana Places


Big Timber and the Boulder River


You're likely to see white pelicans, bald eagles, white-tailed deer, and cutthroat trout on single- or multiday float and fishing trips on the Yellowstone River with Big Timber Guides and Rollin' Boulder Outfitters. 529 E. Boulder Rd., last 6 mi on gravel, Box 328, McLeod, MT, 59052. 406/932-4080. www.finditlocal.com/bigtimber/flyfish.html.

You can fish in a private lake or streams at the vast working cattle ranch, Burns Ranch. The 40-acre Burns Lake, with rainbow, cutthroat, brown, and brook trout, is limited to a few anglers a day. This is a registered lake, so no license is necessary. The cost is $100 per rod, and reservations are required. The ranch is 4 mi north of Big Timber on U.S. 191 and then another 4 mi west on Swamp Creek Road. 333 Swamp Creek Rd., Big Timber, MT, 59011. 406/932–4518. Apr.–Oct.

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